An analysis of the short story “Parole” by Mathieu Cailler shows that the story follows a mostly chronological plot structure with several flashbacks gradually revealing the narrator’s background. The story has several turning points that lead to its climax.

The main character is the unnamed narrator. He is a seventy-one-year-old man who has recently been released from a long stay in prison. The narrator’s only wish now is to establish some sort of connection with his son whom he never got to know.

The physical setting is the son’s house and points to the connection that the narrator is trying to establish with him. The social setting focuses on the narrator’s poor background, contrasting it with the son’s financial success.

The events are told from the point of view of a first-person narrator. The narrator’s reliability is to some extent doubtful, as he admits to lying at one point and only reveals information about himself gradually.

The language is conversational, making the short story sound like a confession. Several symbols point to the narrator’s desire for freedom and his attempt to establish a connection with his son at any cost.

You can read a more detailed analysis in the following pages.

Short story analysis

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